Colleagues of former Newcastle soccer star Cheick Tiote have been mourning his unexpected death on Monday in Twitter posts.
Only 30 years old, Tiote collapsed during a training session in China and was rushed to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead from a sudden heart attack.
Tiote had moved to the Chinese second division outfit Beijing Enterprises four months ago. Previously, he had played for six-and-a-half-years at St James’ Park.
Former team-member Demba Ba wrote on Twitter, “may Allah gives grant you jannah (paradise) brother Tiote.”
😭😭😭 may Allah gives grant you jannah brother Tiote 😭😭😭
— Demba Ba (@dembabafoot) June 5, 2017
Newcastle goalkeeper Stephen Harper tweeted: “Gutted to hear the awful news about my former teammate Cheik Tiote today. Thoughts with his friends and family.”
Gutted to hear the awful news about my former teammate Cheik Tiote today. Thoughts with his friends and family.
— Stephen Harper (@steveharper37) June 5, 2017
A photo of Tiote was posted by Jonas Gutierrez on Instagram who wrote: “Sad news. Always going to be remember our time together at #nufc RIP my friend.”
Tiote signed on to Newcastle for £3.5 million in 2010. He will long be remembered by Newcastle fans as a talented player.
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